Family days out

Best days out with kids for October half term

Last updated 25th October 2022

Half term activities definitely have a Halloween theme this year. But we’ve also found you tigers in Manchester, deer safaris in Norfolk, ice skating in Cornwall and the spirit of Mexico in the heart of Kew Gardens. Have fun!

Top half term activities at ZSL London Zoo

If the thought of visiting the new cubs in the Tiger Territory isn’t exciting enough, grab a tournament card at the entrance of ZSL London Zoo and follow the Top Trumps Trail this half term.

Kids choose which animal they want to play and pick a category to see which species eats most, runs fastest or lives longest. If they beat the zoo on three or more cards, they win. Plus, there’s lots of weird and wonderful animal facts with a Halloween theme to discover. Young explorers can design their own Top Trumps card at the Terrace Restaurant and if they take the trail to Tiny Giants there are toasted marshmallows to fuel the fun.

When: 22 to 30 October 2022.

Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London

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Take a Deer Safari in Norfolk this half term

Visit Snettisham Park Farm in Norfolk this half term and go on a 45 minute Deer Safari with your kids. You’ll be on safari in a tractor and covered trailer and the whole experience is completely enchanting. Not only do you see the farm’s magnificent herd, kids can get up close and even the gentle red deer by hand. Once you’ve done the deer, head to the paddock for pony rides. Only available during half term for three to 12 year olds, they’re another experience that makes this an unforgettable day out.

When: 24 to 30 October 2022.

Where: Snettisham Park Farm, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

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Mandinga Arts, Kew Gardens photo credit Laima Arlauskaite

Half term activities celebrate Mexico at Kew Gardens

Visit Kew Gardens this half term and be immersed in colourful Mexican culture. Spend a whole day going from dress-up stations to carnival dance workshops. Join in exciting Dia de los Muertos parades. Discover art installations in the Temperate House and keep a look out for Slumber of Jungle Sloths!

When: 22 to 31 October 2022

Where: Kew Gardens, Richmond, London

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Join the KidZania Ghost Tour this half term

This half term kids get to visit the most haunted spots in KidZania city and hear their most terrifying tales. Wannabe young designers can put their creative skills to the test designing witchy wardrobes and ghastly garments. There’s a Halloween BOO-gie for stars in the making to show off their moves and learn some seriously creepy choreography from KidZania dance instructors. And there’s a competition to come up with the spookiest jingle for half term too. So get kids composing and upload their tunes on social media tagged #KidZania to enter.

When: 24 to 30 October 2022.

Where: KidZania, Westfield London.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Lowry Manchester

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is on tour and stopping off at The Lowry Manchester this half term. The Olivier Award nominated musical invites you to join Sophie and the tea-guzzling tiger for an incredible family show packed with magic, sing-a-long songs and hilarious chaos. The run time is 55 minutes and it’s great join-in fun for kids from age three.

When: 27 to 30 October 2022

Where: The Lowry Manchester, The Quays, Salford.

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Spooky half term activities at the Life Science Centre, Newcastle

This half-term treat kids to a feast of spooky hands-on fun at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle. Expect scary science to get them thinking about their senses as well as live shows, experiments and lots more fun activities. They can even create their own Crankenstein Monster or Brilliant Bat in the Making Studio and take it home to scare their friends. Don’t miss the new live science show Light up the Dark. Then trick (or treat) kids’ senses in the Experiment Zone.

When: 22 to 30 October 2022.

Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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Halloween half term activities at Leeds Castle, Kent

Leeds Castle is the place to take kids for tricks and treats this half term. Watch and listen as Halloween performers share eerie witches’ stories. Join in fancy dress competitions. Take lots of family portraits in the Instagram Halloween frame. And come dressed up for the chance to win special Halloween prizes. Then follow the haunting pumpkin trail and meander round the castle estate looking for lanterns carved by Leeds Castle staff. There are Halloween games and a spooky maze too and don’t miss the mythical underground Grotto.

When: 22 to 30 October 2022.

Where: Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

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Crealy Spook-Fest returns to Devon for half term

The Spook-Fest is back at Crealy Theme Park in Devon for half term. Pop on headphones and follow Sky the Witch on her journey through an enchanted wilderness. Help make spells, brew magic potions and defeat evil spirits. Check into the Creaky Hotel and solves the mysterious puzzle before you can check out.  The Scarecrow Scare Maze is back too. And new this October half term, join the Spooky Street Circus with Tik & Tok! There’s all day street entertainment and Buddy & Blossom have a Halloween show to lift your spirits. Plus you can stroll through Pumpkin Patch’s Plot to find your scariest ever pumpkin!

When: 22 to 30 October 2022.

Where: Crealy Theme Park & Resort, Exeter, Devon

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Enter the Spookwood at Greenwood Family Park, North Wales

Find friendly frights at Greenwood Family Park every day during half term, and on weekends right up until 6 November. Don’t miss the Scare Maze Monster Hunt with a chance to win prizes. Dig around the Pumpkin Patch, pick your favourite and carve a lantern to take home. PUMPKIN PATCHGet creative and either carve or paint your own pumpkin to take home. Look out for the Circus of Screams and Pirates of Fear Island too. Plus there are more than 30 adventures to explore and all the WhooshZooming rides you could ever want this half term and beyond.

When: now until 6 November 2022

Where: Greenwood Family Park, Y Felinheli, North Wales

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Celebrate Halloweden at the Eden Project, Cornwall

Halloweden at the Eden Project is packed with all new half term activities this year.  Discover superstitions and traditions of Halloween. Adventure round the Rainforest Biome to explore cycles in nature in late autumn. Find the seven trail points on the mysterious Magpie Trail. Families can also see Eden by Twilight for the first time ever until 28 October 2022. Keep warm by the light of the fire and travel deep into the Rainforest Biome on a bewitching torchlit trail. And don’t forget, the fabulous ice rink is now open too.

When: 22 to 30 October 2022

Where: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall

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